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Latin America has taken another left-wing turn, with Gustavo Petro elected President of Colombia, making history on Sunday, becoming the first left-wing figure in the country to be elected president. Analysts say switching to the left could be another foreign policy headache for the Biden administration.

Petro is a former guerrilla leader. His victory will change politics domestically and the balance of power in Latin America will add to the wave of leftist victories in the region. If Lula da Silva wins that country’s election in October, Brazil could be the next victory for the Socialists. It will strengthen the left-wing alliance, whose pro-Russia and China sentiment and decisive antithetical views against the United States will cause concern for Biden and future US administrations.

Former rebel Gustavo Petro, left, his wife Veronica Alcosar, back center and his colleague Francia Marquez celebrate Sunday, June 19, 2022, in front of supporters after winning the runoff presidential election in Bogot, Colombia.  (AP Photo / Fernando Vergara)

Former rebel Gustavo Petro, left, his wife Veronica Alcosar, back center and his colleague Francia Marquez celebrate Sunday, June 19, 2022, in front of supporters after winning the runoff presidential election in Bogot, Colombia. (AP Photo / Fernando Vergara)

Joseph Hummer, executive director of the Center for a Secure Free Society, warns: “Gustavo Petro’s victory in Colombia has consolidated the profits of Latin Americans left over from the last decade. Or the U.S. should pay close attention to any potential authorization actions or efforts by the new Colombian government to verify. “

Praise came rapidly from the socialist leaders of the continent. Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro immediately congratulated Petro and his colleague. “I commend Gustavo Petro and Franయాois Marquez for their historic victory in the Colombian presidential election. The will of the Colombian people to defend the path to democracy and peace has been heard.

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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was one of the first leaders to congratulate Gustavo Petro on his victory.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was one of the first leaders to congratulate Gustavo Petro on his victory.
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Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Connell echoed Maduro’s remarks: “My heartfelt congratulations to Gustavo Petro on his historic election as President of Colombia. We look forward to advancing the development of bilateral relations.”

The Mexican president said he would not attend the US summit and would visit Biden in July.

Mexican President Andr లోs Lopez Obrador, who declined to attend the U.S. summit in Los Angeles two weeks ago, said in a statement: “The victory of Gustavo Petro is historic. Immersed in holy water … ‘Today’s victory may be the end of that curse and the dawn of those fraternal and worthy people. Congratulations.’ Lopez-Obrador will visit the White House next month.

Colombian analyst Jose Penzo, former president of the Colombian Association of Political Consultants, urged caution and told Fox News Digital: “It’s time to wait for the Petro government’s voice on the United States. He will come with a commitment. Because he has the support of groups at the center.

In his victory speech, President-elect Petro said: “Thanks to the strength of past generations who are not with us today, we are the sum total of the struggle against injustice and the world’s resistance that shows the past and rebellion of rebellion.”

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Evidence that democracy continues to be strong in Colombia is that observers have responded immediately by acknowledging the defeat of Petro’s rival Rodolfo Hernandez and congratulating him on his election as president: ”

On Friday, June 17, 2022, a woman cleans the capital's main voting center in preparation for the presidential election in Bogot, Colombia.  (AP Photo / Fernando Vergara)

On Friday, June 17, 2022, a woman cleans the capital’s main voting center in preparation for the presidential election in Bogot, Colombia. (AP Photo / Fernando Vergara)
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According to the Associated Press, Petro will have to work hard to deliver on his promises as he does not have a majority in Congress, which is crucial in implementing the reforms. In the recent legislative elections, Petro’s political movement won 20 seats in the Senate, which is a majority, but he has to make concessions in negotiations with other parties.

Although the two candidates for the presidency first came together, former Colombian President Alvaro Uribe considered Petro a political enemy and tweeted: “To defend democracy, we need to adhere to it. Gustavo Petro is president. Feeling our guide: Colombia First.”

Critics and political opponents fear Petro will still try to move to a far-left position.

Augustin Antonetti, an Argentine-based analyst at Fundación Libertad, told Fox News Digital: “The missing part of Gustavo Petro’s success is perhaps the most worrying, this new reconstruction in Latin America, the trend towards a new wave of left – wing governments.”

Antonetti continued, “In the context of a complex world, with three terrible dictatorships (Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua) in a region of terrible political and economic decline, it is more alive than ever and surrounded by a large number of populists, who are now in power, who they support and who are ready for anything. The big question is: will the institutions in Latin America resist the governments of these new governments in the apparent rise of authoritarianism? “

Gustavo Petro, the presidential candidate of the Historical Covenant Coalition, was celebrated by his supporters on Sunday, June 19, 2022, after winning the second presidential election in Cali, Colombia.  (AP Photo / Andres Quintero)

Gustavo Petro, the presidential candidate of the Historical Covenant Coalition, was celebrated by his supporters on Sunday, June 19, 2022, after winning the second presidential election in Cali, Colombia. (AP Photo / Andres Quintero)

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Former Venezuelan diplomat Isaias Medina, one of the first Venezuelan diplomats to resign in protest of Maduro’s rule, said Maduro and his colleagues “should focus on trapping America. The neck of democracy in Latin America.”

“The beacon of American light and freedom shines brightly,” Medina told Fox News Digital. “President Biden has yet to fully face his toughest challenges from China, Iran and Russia to overcome the last gaps left in Latin America through policies and actions in the absence of the United States,” he said.

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Former Venezuelan diplomat “The pale economic future is looming large in the last moments of geopolitical chess (game.), In the words of Ronald Reagan,” Freedom and liberty are a generation away. ” Let’s pray that it does not become a generation that allows this to happen. “

Gustavo Petro won 50.47% of the vote, beating his rival Rodolfo Hernandez by 47.27%. The left-wing candidate, who has long said there is no democracy in his country, won the election to show that democracy really does exist and work, and observers say the Biden administration should be very careful when Petro begins his term as president. August 7.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.